By becoming a nurse, you’re entering into a rewarding profession caring for others. Even when you’re not on the clock, there is always a need for qualified nursing professionals who will care for those in need with competency and compassion.
That’s why it’s important you learn about why nurses are important in the community not only in every aspect of the Marian University ABSN program but also through giving back in other ways outside of nursing school.
Because Marian University is a Catholic institution, ABSN students earn a degree framed within the context of Franciscan Values:
While we incorporate these values into every aspect of the program, including online courses, on-site labs and clinical rotations at our clinical partners, St. Vincent in Indianapolis and Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, we also encourage our students to practice these values in the community.
Doing so upholds Marian’s Franciscan Values in many ways, says Jana Roberts, MSN, RN, CPN, lead clinical instructor.
“We encourage our students to stay involved, to view the whole of creation as a gift and to cultivate a sense of great gratitude for God’s gifts within ourselves,” she says.
One of the ways the Marian University ABSN program encourages giving back to the community involves the Leighton School of Nursing’s Student Nurses Association (SNA), an organization where students come together to volunteer to help others in need. When students start in the ABSN program at either location, they’re automatically included as part of this group — no membership or other fees required.
The organization’s goal of volunteering time and talents to help others who are less fortunate aligns well with the Franciscan Values set forth by Marian University, Marlita says.
“Giving back allows us to understand our future patients, since many times they are the underserved in our community,” she says.
Serena Howard, ABSN Class of August 2019, who serves as the SNA president in Nashville, agrees, adding that her involvement in the organization allows her to meet nursing students in other ABSN cohorts.
“It’s rewarding to be able to be involved in the community, and SNA provides a lot of volunteer opportunities. It’s also a nice way to meet other nursing students in different cohorts with whom we otherwise would never have had a chance to interact,” she says.
In the past few years members of the Marian University Student Nurses Association in Nashville have:
Of course, volunteer opportunities that allow you to use your nursing expertise don’t end once you graduate from our ABSN program.
Here are some ways you can continue to give back in the community once you become a nurse:
The American Red Cross offers countless opportunities for nurses to lend their skills and knowledge in the community. More than 15,000 nurses and nursing students volunteer with the organization, doing anything from providing natural disaster resources, managing blood drives, teaching and developing courses and helping people in times of need in other ways.
Local, national and international disaster relief organizations registered with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are always looking for qualified caregivers to volunteer in critical times of need. You’ll likely need to get the proper training to offer your much-needed help when disaster strikes.
Usually coordinated by charitable or religious institutions, medical missions bring together qualified caregivers and healthcare providers to offer free healthcare services to those who need it. You’ve likely heard of organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, which involve long-term volunteer opportunities in third-world countries, but other short-term domestic medical missions exist right in our own backyard as well, such as Medical Missions at Home in Nashville mentioned above.
As a nurse, you already know how to perform CPR and are qualified to teach other people this life-saving skill. Why not use your nursing experiences and expertise to help more people in your community know CPR? You’ll likely have to take an instructor training course first, but your time volunteering will have the potential to surpass your individual efforts; someone in your course could use the skills they learn to save a life one day.
Are you ready to turn your passion for nursing into a rewarding career caring for others? The Marian University ABSN program can help you fast-track your nursing journey. One of our dedicated admissions advisors can help you to determine if our ABSN program is the right fit for you and your goals. Fill out the form on this page to have someone contact you.